GFW Appoints Abigail Disney, Mu Sochua and Lydia Alpízar Durán to Board of Directors

Social Justice Philanthropist, Former Minister of Women's and Veterans' Affairs of Cambodia and Central American Women's Rights Activist join Board of international women's human rights organization

SAN FRANCISCO – The Global Fund for Women, the largest foundation in the world that exclusively funds women's rights groups overseas, announced today the appointment of Abigail Disney, Mu Sochua and Lydia Alpízar Durán to its Board of Directors. The new members will bring distinctive expertise to the 17-member Board over a three-year term, which becomes effective May 1, 2006.

"We are honored that three such extraordinary women have joined our Board," said Kavita N. Ramdas, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. "Each of these women brings a wealth of experience and an exceptional commitment to international women's rights that will prove enormously valuable as the Global Fund for Women works to realize a world where all women are free."

Abigail Disney, Founder and President of the Daphne Foundation, has dedicated her professional career to social change philanthropy in New York. Since 1991, the Daphne Foundation has made over four million dollars in grants to grassroots, community-based organizations working with low-income communities in New York City. Abby has also demonstrated a long-term commitment to women's leadership, providing capital support to The White House Project, as well as to the Ms. Foundation for Women. Abby serves on the Board of the White House Project, the Roy Disney Family Foundation, as well as on a special advisory committee to the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, and on the advisory Boards of the Association to Benefit Children, and the HIV Law Project.

Mu Sochua has been a passionate advocate for women's rights in Cambodia and globally for over a decade. The former Minister of Women's and Veterans' Affairs in Cambodia, Sochua has worked at the grassroots and policy levels on gender-based violence, freedom of the media, trafficking, labor rights, and women's civic and political participation. Sochua is the founder and former director of Global Fund grantee, Khemara, the first local organization for women in Cambodia. An official advisor to the Global Fund for Women since 2000, she is one of the 1,000 women in the 157 countries around the world, and 1 of the 7 women in Cambodia, nominated by the "1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize Project" in 2005.

Lydia Alpízar Durán, a native of Costa Rica, is a leader of the young women's and reproductive rights movements in Mexico. Lydia is co-founder and advisor of ELIGE - Youth Network for Reproductive and Sexual Rights (Mexico), and co-founder of the Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Reproductive and Sexual Rights. She has led numerous workshops, conferences and trainings in the realm of women's human rights. Lydia has served as an advisor to the Global Fund since 2001 and currently works with the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), focusing on feminist organizational development.

The Board of Directors of the Global Fund for Women will be having its semi-annual meeting in New York City on May 1 and 2, 2006.

About the Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund for Women is the largest grantmaking foundation in the world that focuses exclusively on advancing international women's rights. Grants made by the Global Fund expand the choices available to women and girls, securing their efforts to strengthen economic independence, increase access to education and prevent violence. Since 1987, the Global Fund has awarded over $47 million to seed, strengthen and link nearly 3,000 groups in 162 countries. In the past year, the net assets of the Global Fund have increased by 37%, and annual grantmaking has increased by 35%. More information is available in six languages at


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